Hungary Reports New Cases of African Swine Fever in Wild Boars

( Valentin Panzirsch )

Five cases of African swine fever (ASF) were recently discovered in wild boar carcasses near Budapest, Hungary’s national food safety authority Nebih reported on Sunday.

The infected carcasses were discovered in a closed hunting area in Budakeszi, west of the capital. The cause of the infection is under investigation, Reuters reports.

Hungary’s chief veterinarian ordered the slaughter of all wild boar in the area where the five cases were confirmed. Although several foreigners from ASF-positive countries visited the area over the past few weeks, Nebih said the source might be an infection from inside Hungary.

ASF continues to spread throughout the European Union, especially in Bulgaria and Romania. In total, Hungary has discovered 900 cases of ASF in wild boar since April 2018 according to figures published on the authority’s website, Reuters reports.

The virus does not affect humans and poses no food safety risk. However, the deadly disease of pigs – both wild and domestic – is causing major disruption in the global protein market.

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